In-country Training on GIS and Remote Sensing for Natural Resource Management

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Twenty-three officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests in BhutanDepartment of Agriculture, Department of Livestock (DoL), Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS), Council for Renewable Natural Resources Research of Bhutan (CoRRB), Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Policy and Planning Division (PPD), National Biodiversity Center (NBC), Information and Communication Section (ICS) attended a two-week training on GIS and remote sensing for natural resource management at Kuenphen Institute of Technology, Thimphu. The training was jointly organized by the CoRRB and ICIMOD. Dr Tashi Samdup, the Director of CoRRB, in his opening remarks, welcomed the participants and emphasized the relevance of GIS tools for climate change adaptation, particularly in determining the changes that are taking place and forecasting future scenarios. Mr Govinda Joshi, GIS specialist from ICIMOD, gave a brief overview of the training programme’s two modules: week 1 (4 to 8 March), covering GIS and GPS, and week 2 (11 to 15 March) covering remote sensing.